Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: February, 2017

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 23, 2017
Category: Runner Injuries

Running can be a great stress reliever.  People who have caught the “running bug” claim that they don’t feel happy or normal without getting their daily run in, or at least getting out a few times per week.  The benefits of running are many: increased cardiovascular health and endurance, endorphin surges, lower blood pressure, better physical fitness…. The list is long! 

However, running also takes its toll on our feet and ankles.  There are many injuries that happen to peoples’ feet and ankles when they are regular runners.  Are you amongst the running wounded?  At the office of Dr. Joseph Stuto, we treat many runners who are suffering from running inflicted injuries.  The five most common running related injuries we treat are:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: symptoms are a tight, painful sensation, sometimes sharp in nature at the base of the heel.  It can be slightly annoying to downright excruciating in nature!  The pain often comes and goes, but we’ve been told it is comparable to having stepped on a nail heel first!! 
  • Achilles Tendinitis:  inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Unfortunately, Achilles Tendinitis is a slow healer, and usually manifests itself as a pain at the back of the lower leg (at the Achilles tendon, just above the heel). 
  • IT Band Syndrome:  inflammation of the tendon that connects your knee to your hip.  This has been explained to us as feeling like being stabbed in the side of the knee when you run!!  This annoying and painful injury can quickly become crippling if not addressed and corrected in a timely manner!!
  • Shin Splints:  Pain in the shin area.  In minor cases, the muscles in the shin may be tender and inflamed, but in severe cases, the shin splints can be extremely painful and turn into a stress fracture along the tibia… this results in searing pain with every stride!!
  • Runner’s Knee:  Constant aching underneath your kneecap when running… aka “runner’s knee”.

The treatments and “fixes” for these varying problems range from orthotics to stretching and strengthening calves, to movement based treatments for soft-tissue injuries (Active Release Technique), to resting, icing, and various stretching and strengthening exercises. 

Whatever the treatment required, we are here to help at either of our two convenient locations in Brooklyn, NY.  Relief is simply a call away!  Contact us to make an appointment and run away from the pain!


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 16, 2017
Category: toe conditions
Tags: ingrown toenail   diabetes  

Do you suffer from ingrown nails? They can be really painful for anyone to wear shoes…even sneakers!  These annoying little buggers can go from just irritating to downright painful and infected.  If an ingrown nail becomes infected, it can lead to serious issues.  At the office of Dr. Joseph Stuto, we often see people who are suffering from ingrown toenails.  Usually, by the time they seek out a doctor’s help, they are extremely painful and infected.  Obviously, it’s a good idea to try to avoid having this happe

n!  There are some things you can try at home when you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, to try to avoid infection.  However, if you suffer from diabetes, poor blood circulation, or nerve damage in your foot, you should not try to self-treat this condition at home.  Here are some helpful tips to try to treat your ingrown nail at home, and hopefully avoid having a serious problem:

  • Do a warm water soak… place your affected foot in warm water, add some Epsom salts, and soak the foot for 15-30 minutes- do this at least 2-3 times a day
  • After soaking, dry the toe and apply some iodine or hydrogen peroxide, cover the toe with a bandage or gauze pad afterward
  • Avoid pointy toed shoes, or anything tight fitting and stay away from high-heeled shoes until the affected toe heals
  • Wear only very roomy shoes with low heels, and wear only cotton socks
  • Be careful when cutting your toenails- only cut the nails straight across, rather than curved.  Use an emery board or nail file to take care of any sharp edges
  • Do not over-cut the toenails (only cut the nail as short as the length of your toe)
  • Air out your toe as much as possible but keep clean

Remember, home remedies should only be used for mild cases of ingrown nails!  If the condition is already severe (if pus, blood, and or watery discharge is coming out of the affected area), you should seek out medical treatment by a podiatrist!  If you are facing this situation, contact our office to request an appointment and Dr. Stuto will be there to help! His two convenient Brooklyn locations have flexible hours to accommodate all your foot care needs!

 

 

 


By Joseph Stuto, DPM
February 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: proper shoes   feet size  

Very often, people wear shoes that are uncomfortable, too small, too big, or lacking the proper ankle or arch support.  Doing so can lead to problems with the feet and ankles, and even shins.  One of the common ailments that we see at the office of Dr. Joseph Stuto, DPM, are people complaining of soreness throughout their feet, heels, or ankles.  More often than not, the solution is simple - change the shoes you are wearing!  Many patients we see are wearing shoes that do not fit properly, and therefore, create blisters, problems with straining of the arches, and even ankle sprains.

Some tips to avoid conditions that are easily avoidable are:

  • Have your feet sized professionally at a shoe store, to make sure you are wearing the right size.
  • Peoples’ feet can grow, especially women, after pregnancies.  It is a good idea to have your feet re-sized after having a baby!
  • Children’s feet should be sized every 6 months to a year or so, to make sure they are wearing the proper sized shoes for them!
  • When exercising, always wear comfortable sneakers that are not too worn out, which provide the appropriate support for the foot’s arch and ankle.
  • Sneakers only last so long, and need to be replaced once they get too worn.  Otherwise, they do not give the feet the support they need!
  • And for the ladies, be careful while wearing high heels - wearing them for long periods of time can cause injuries to the feet or ankles!  It is also very important to pay attention to where you step, as a misstep in high heels can result in a twisted, sprained, or broken ankle!  So, exercise caution, ladies, while rockin’ those heels!

Hopefully these little tips can help some people avoid problems with their feet!  However, if foot or ankle pain persists after making these changes, Dr. Joseph Stuto and his team of certified podiatric medical assistants and licensed physical therapists are here to help!  Just contact us at  our two convenient locations in Brooklyn: (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights), or (718)567-1403 (Brooklyn) to make an appointment.   Immediate appointments are available for emergencies.